I've been having problems, read tapcc13's original post and replies. I'm presently downloading ESET Online Scanner as suggested.
Weird things: a floaty cursor I couldn't really control, unusual firewall/user/network entries on Norton SecurityLog and more. Scans with a variety of programs didn't pick up on it. Somehow, probably thru Adminstration Tools, I found the spigot folder in my Programsx86 about the same time I found an IP address that wasn't my own. I googled the ip address and one of the names for that server was spigot. Using Norton, I created a Firewall rule to block any traffic to/from that IP address. Afterwards, the Norton Security History showed that IP was constantly trying to access my computer but it was blocked. I had been trying to resolve this issue for days and finally just gave up, backed up all of my doc files, photos and "repaired" Windows 7 which wiped almost everything off of my computer.
I haven't been able to find out much about spigot other than someone saying its a rather nasty redirect/toolbar and another site mentioned that it is something found on computers in France. (I'm in California.) Personally, I think it's more than that or something else is going on. I do a lot of online research and have had more than my fair share of viruses and a couple of Trojans over the past 4 years but was able to resolve all but one of them on my own. Whether Norton, Avast, ASC, TrendMicro, Spybot or whatever rograms I'm using at the time discovers a virus or not, I've learned to trust my gut. Right now, I'm not convinced repairing Windows 7 took care of the problem but I really don't want to completely re-load Windows, either.
Ok. The ESET Online Scan is complete and shows no infected files. I'll spend some time looking thru the Program Files, etc for any Spigot files/folders before I ask any other questions on spigot.
Weird, but not unrelated question. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on this computer.
How many default User accounts should there be?
Yesterday, after I repaired Windows I thought I remembered seeing only 2 Users - Administrators\ComputerName\Me and Users\ComputerName\Me. Today (about an hour before I contacted Norton's Online Live Chat Support), I had 4 User Accounts: "Everyone" "SYSTEM" "Administrators\ComputerName\Me" and "Users\ComputerName\Me" (I'm sure; I took the time and wrote them down this time). When the online Norton Tech guy checked, he found 4 Users but there wasn't an "Everyone" any more. Instead, there is a "RESTRICTED" and then "SYSTEM" "Administrators\ComputerName\Me" and "Users\ComputerName\Me" The Norton guy didn't know how many User Accounts I should have, couldn't explain why it changed from "Everyone" to "RESTRICTED" and told me to contact Microsoft. (Before I repaired Windows, I had 5 Users: "NT/AUTHORITY" "AUTHENTICATED USERS" as well as the SYSTEM, Admin & User accounts for myself.) Again, I'm the only one who has ever used this computer and, so far, I haven't been able to locate the information about # of User accounts on Microsoft.com
1.How many "default" Users should there be?
2.Any idea Why/How the one User Name changed from "Everyone" to "RESTRICTED"